Liverpool go into the international break with some reasons for muted celebration. A win in the Premier League was finally achieved against the Baggies and a number of recently injured internationals will continue recovering at Melwood. Joe Allen, Glen Johnson, and Daniel Sturridge are either fit or close to returning, and Mario Balotelli's omission from the Italy squad means that he will also spend time working on his game in the next two weeks. Liverpool will have to carefully look at Raheem Sterling's workload for Roy Hodgson's England side and may have to rest the youngster on his return to Liverpool.
Daniel Sturridge has a new contract and it reflects the impressive contribution he has made since his arrival in January 2013. Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Liverpool fans should expect to see Sturridge in the next matchday squad and thankfully, there are two weeks for the striker to continue his work on the training field. Rodgers even thought that Sturridge could have made the squad against the Baggies: "I was hoping he would be but he wasn't. But certainly from now, he'll have the course of the international break to get ready, and he'll be fine for QPR."
Some may be curious to see whether Liverpool will return to the diamond formation away to a QPR side that look ragged in defensive positions and lack any sort of cohesion or plan to tackle opposition sides. After a 2 nil defeat at West Ham, QPR can only look upwards from the bottom of the table. If Sturridge does start, a possibility given the extra time provided by the international break, Rickie Lambert or Mario Balotelli will be the options to partner the England international. Fabio Borini is clearly at the bottom of the senior striker depth chart, but there may be another option available to Rodgers. Replace Rickie Lambert with Sturridge and keep two other strikers on the bench alongside the likes of Lazar Marković.
Whatever formation and personnel Brendan Rodgers decides on, the return of the man wearing number 15 will improve Liverpool's chances of resuming club football with three points.